Waimea High School graduate Devon Hartsell earned a $5,000 scholarship for being named a Kaimana scholarship recipient, Sunday night during the annual Kaimana Awards banquet on Oahu.
Waimea High School was also named as the Kaimana School winner.
Hartsell is joined by Island School graduate Makenna Olson as the Kaimana scholarship recipients for Kauai.
During her senior year at Island School, Olson was a six-sport participant, competing in cross country, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and track and field. She was a gold medalist on the school’s Science Olympiad team and was the Kauai champion and state runner-up during the mock trial competitions.
Olson also found time to travel to Mexico to help orphans, and organized a fundraiser for a needy school in Cambodia.
At home, she volunteered with the Kauai Humane Society and starred in an anti-bullying show which was recognized by the Kauai County Council for its outstanding community work.
She plans on studying neuroscience in college with the goal of becoming a psychologist. This fall, Olson will participate in the University of Southern California’s Trojan Transfer Plan with the goal of going to the Los Angeles, California campus as a sophomore.
Hartsell, maintaining a 4.1 grade point average at Waimea High School, will head to Texas where he will be enrolled at Greystone Prep School at Schreiner University. Eventually, he will make his way to West Point and the U.S. Military Academy where he hopes to study nuclear engineering.
As a Menehune, Hartsell competed in five sports and was named team captain on three of the squads, lettering in baseball, air riflery, and track and field. He competed on the state level in cross country and soccer.
An active volunteer through the Waimea Leo Club, the Interact Club, and National Honor Society, Hartsell”s true passion was with the Waimea JROTC program where he served as battalion commander and served at numerous activities in the community.
The Kaimana Awards, presented by the Hawaii Medical Service Association and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, honors high school seniors and their schools for excellence in athletics, academics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship.
Up to 15 students in Hawaii will be awarded scholarships in the amount of $5,000 which can be used to pay for college tuition, books, computers, and boarding. For those participating in collegiate sports, the scholarship use is subject to NCAA rules and regulations.
HMSA Kaimana Awards for high schools recognizes the high school for all-around excellence in five categories, including academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship. Schools compete within their own league and earn points.